"The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are." - Reflections on the Art of Living : a Joseph Campbell Companion
This black sports bra was purchased specifically for this dress which has X-shaped straps in the back. Forever 21 calls this a 'layering bra' and it has - no padding - which is fine for this dress since it is slightly thicker (98% cotton, 2% spandex) than what you would expect from a summer dress. The layering bra is made of a thin stretchy fabric with lace trim around the upper border and textured dots across the surface. As a reminder, here is what the actual bra looks like.
I love the classic trend of black and white for summer because it is visually cool and crisp and works as a transition piece into fall when paired with olive cardigans and the like. I am looking forward to trying it with a textured woolen cropped cardi by Jil Sander for Uniqlo, also in black.
These are the accessories I chose for the outfit - The neon pink nail polish is by Color Club and has no name but is bubblegum scented (!). I'd actually prefer a neutral white nail polish - the neon is a little too jarring I think, paired with the black, but it went well with the cassette tape street art I found.
Here's what the beige sports bra looks like (identical to the pale turquoise in design) ---
I don't think I need to go into depth on the merits of the ever practical skin-toned undergarment. They disappear under sheer fabrics and are a good thing to have around. I prefer this simpler style over the lacy ones with the decorative components, especially since most of my dresses are frilly and flowery enough on their own. Unfortunately, a basic black one was no where to be found when I visited the store. Perhaps next time.